Kilshane Cross, Newtown, Co. Dublin, D11 C3WC
23 February 2018
First impressions count
From the moment visitors arrive at a commercial or private property they begin to form opinions about you or your business by the grounds that surround its structures.
This commercial building is located close to Kilshane Cross, Co. Dublin. The key requirements of the brief were to enhance the aesthetics of the immediate surrounds of the building, thereby creating a more inviting and welcoming space for both visitors and staff. Also, to provide a more distinct separation of pedestrian and vehicular circulation and to provide direction to the main building entrance from the car park bays through the effective use of paving and planting.
The surrounds to the enhance lobby were made up almost entirely of hard materials, consisting mainly of tarmacadam parking bays and concrete cobble pavement.
The harmonious blend of hard and soft landscape elements enhances the building’s entrance. The planting scheme helps soften the hard edges of the building and paved areas and provides visitors and staff with a welcoming experience.
The new plant beds and pathway provide clear separation between pedestrian and vehicular circulation and improves safety. The building has a main entrance and a staff entrance. Previously visitors were sometimes being drawn to the wrong entrance. The gravel pathway now directs pedestrian movement toward the main building entrance.
A herb plant bed with a customised raised steel border providing a clean sharp line in harmony with the architecture of the main building.
Ornamental shaped plants for structure
Grasses providing movement and contrast
Evergreen planting providing year-round interest
Herbaceous planting for seasonal colour
Portuguese Laurel Hedge
Roll-out lawn with cobble border
Kilkenny limestone paving
Resin bound gravel pathway with Kilkenny limestone cobble edging